FaceOf: Rayan Mustafa Qutub, CEO of the Ports Development Co. at KSA’s KAEC

Rayan Mustafa Qutub
Updated 12 February 2019
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FaceOf: Rayan Mustafa Qutub, CEO of the Ports Development Co. at KSA’s KAEC

  • Qutub graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration, and attended executive education programs at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Harris-Stowe State, and Harvard
  • He was at Unilever for 10 years between 1998 and 2008 in a number of roles

Rayan Mustafa Qutub is CEO of the Ports Development Co. at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) which, when completed, will be one of the world’s top 10 ports.

He has held this job since December 2017 and has also been chairman of marine services at KAEC since January 2018. His professional experience spans more than two decades with major regional and international companies including Savola, Unilever, and Emaar The Economic City.

He previously served as CEO of KAEC’s Industrial Valley, which attracted more than 120 leading companies and brands during his four-year tenure. He led and supervised several projects including the development of residential districts and medical and educational institutions including The World Academy.

He was at Unilever for 10 years between 1998 and 2008 in a number of roles, and was brand manager at Savola for more than two years.

Qutub graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration, and attended executive education programs at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Harris-Stowe State, and Harvard.

During the launch of King Abdullah Port on Monday, Qutub told Arab News: “When we talk about King Abdullah Port, we are talking about (the reform plan) Vision 2030.”

Qutub said the port would establish the Kingdom as a platform for the region.

“The countries of East Africa are the new China, the next huge neighboring economy, and we can now exchange exports and imports, and offer logistic services to them and the world as a whole,” he said.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.